Pennock Hospital

Spectrum Health Pennock Hospital Acquires Lifesaving Equipment

New ultrasound machine allows for quicker diagnosis and treatment.

February 17, 2020

The addition of a new state-of-the-art, portable ultrasound machine allows more timely diagnosis and treatment at Spectrum Health Pennock.

And its use may help save lives.

The unit, a Zonare Z. One Pro, offers high-resolution imaging at a patient’s bedside, leading to quicker and more effective treatment.

The purchase was funded by a grant of $69,000 from the Spectrum Health Foundation at Pennock in support of the hospital’s critical care delivery initiative.

The new machine is used in the intensive care unit and in the inpatient, medical-surgical department.

“It’s really helped us out remarkably,” said Dr. Fergus Peacock, who is training the hospitalist team in the new technology.

Peacock said the unit allows for vascular, abdominal and cardiac probes and its enhanced software gives very precise and comprehensive measurements to aid in diagnoses and treatment.

“It’s expanded our capabilities significantly,” he said.

The machine also helps with the most accurate placement of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line and has a very user-friendly interface, Peacock said.

This is the second unit of its type at the hospital. A similar unit is used in the emergency department and Peacock believes its use there recently helped save the life of a patient by helping to quickly diagnose and treat the issue.

“This additional ultrasound machine clearly supports our mission of improving health, inspiring hope and saving lives,” said foundation manager Janine Dalman. “We thank our donors who allow us to support the hospital in this manner.”

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

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